Food Trucks Business in Costa Rica

A lack of a legal standards to regulate their use in public spaces is preventing entrepreneurs of these mobile establishments from increasing their sales.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Some of the companies that work with this gastronomic model are Bombona La Vocha Crepera, Go Fish, Appetico, Papata, Ventanita Meraki, La Cebichería, Aguizotes, Armonía and Dr. Grill among others.

In the absence of legislation for this type of business,  "... each municipality is responsible for managing the permits under the legal figure it deems appropriate. Usually when carrying out the procedures they look for a similar and related model such as that for restaurants, express services or catering services." 

To give more formality to this incipient business sector, in 2016 several owners of food trucks decided to join the Food Trucks Association of Costa Rica, which now totals 23 units. Elfinancierocr.com reports that "...To date, about 36 food trucks have been counted."

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